"Fake" shroud one of many

“The Turin Shroud is only one of the many burial cloths which were circulating in the Christian world during the Middle Ages. There were at least 40,” said Antonio Lombatti of the Università Popolare in Parma, Italy. His paper on the subject is scheduled to appear in Studi Medievali.

Lombatti believes the Shroud of Turin was most likely produced in 14th century Turkey, and that it was presented to French knight Geoffroy de Charny after a crusade to Smyrna. The writer also suggests that other shrouds, many of which were destroyed during the French revolution, were known during the Middle Ages.